Team India New Head Coach Announcement Updates: Ravi Shastri to continue as Team India head coach, gets two-year contract extension

Team India New Head Coach Announcement Updates: Ravi Shastri to continue as Team India head coach, gets two-year contract extension

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18:49 (IST)

And that brings us to the end of our live coverage of the India head coach announcement. There were hardly any surprises in the Cricket Advisory Committee's announcement, with Ravi Shastri getting a two-year extension in his current job along expected lines. Read the full report here

There might be a champagne bottle popping somewhere in a hotel in Antigua in celebration of the news. The Kohli-Shastri has proved beneficial so far for the 'Men in Blue' over the last two years. Let's see whether they can continue the positive run till the 2021 ICC World T20. 

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18:38 (IST)

There you go. Shastri's on top, as expected. 

18:30 (IST)

And we have arrived at the end of the press conference, with Kapil Dev ending the interaction by saying,"Can we invite them for a coffee?", inviting the reporters. 

18:29 (IST)

A reporter asked Kapil Dev on what stood out in Ravi Shastri's application and in his interview. Dev responds by saying: "That is confidential."

18:28 (IST)

"We want to make sure the team should get benefitted. That's what we wanted. The board also wants the same thing," emphasises 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev. 

18:27 (IST)

"You look at overall picture. We are looking at what presentation they had given us. We are not sitting here to see what all they have done," says Kapil Dev, when asked about India's defeats in South Africa and England and it's possible effect on Shastri's application. 

18:26 (IST)

Gaekwad on picking Shastri vs picking WV Raman as India women's coach: 

"No it wasn't any different. We basically followed the same process."

18:24 (IST)

Kapil Dev on consulting Kohli:

"We didn't consult Virat Kohli, else we would have asked the entire team. We did not ask anyone."

18:23 (IST)

Anshuman Gaekwad on why Shastri was picked:

"Being a current coach, knowing the boys and problems in the team, he is well-versed in the system. Somebody knows the system and knows the players very well, he has the advantage."

18:22 (IST)

Kapil Dev on parameters in picking the coach:

"There coaching skills, experience, knowledge of the game, game were some of the parameters."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to announce  head coach of the Indian cricket team at 6 pm on Friday, with Ravi Shastri a runaway favourite to retain the job that he has been involved in since 2017.

Shastri has been occupying the post of the Indian team head coach after Anil Kumble stepped down from the role post-Champions Trophy 2017 due to differences with captain Virat Kohli.

The Indian team has since enjoyed a positive run, having registered a historic 2-1 Test series win over Australia Down Under and reaching the semi-finals of the 2019 ICC World Cup, aside from enjoying a dominant run on home soil.

Shastri, along with his coaching staff comprising batting coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar, were given a extension of 45 days after their contracts expired at the end of the World Cup.

Shastri and his staff are currently in the Caribbean, where the 'Men in Blue' remained undefeated across the limited-overs fixtures against the West Indies, winning the T20I and ODI series 3-0 and 2-0 respectively and are now scheduled to take part in a two-match Test series.

While Shastri re-applied for the job, he was joined by the likes of Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons in the race to the job. Barring Shastri, who will be interviewed via Skype, the candidates are in the process of getting interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy.

Shastri is a strong favourite for the job given his proximity to India captain Kohli, who had earlier stated he would like to see him continue in the role.

Updated Date: August 16, 2019 18:53:23 IST

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